About GEM Martial Arts

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A little about

GEM Martial ARTS

GEM Martial Arts is about learning, family, helping our community, and becoming better people.

We work with children and adults of all ages. We have even taught people in wheelchairs!

We teach Isshinryu. Isshinryu means One Heart Way and is an Okinawan martial art founded by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku in 1953. Classes are fun and exciting!

Renshi Gail of GEM Martial Arts

About the owner

Renshi Gail

“I take great pride in teaching, and love seeing students learn and grow; as both karateka and humans.”

Sensei Gail started her karate training in 1997, when her son, Zachary, won a few lessons at a karate demonstration. After many hours of training, she earned her first-degree black belt and spent the next eleven years managing and teaching at a large dojo in the area. In 2011, she decided it was time for a break and left her home dojo.

That summer, a friend, who owned a local dojo, contacted Sensei Gail asking if she might be interested in teaching his children’s classes. After much thought and consideration, she agreed, and started that fall. A few months later, in December, she was teaching all the classes, and GEM Martial Arts came to be.

It is Sensei’s belief that everyone should have the opportunity to train in and reap the benefits of the Martial Arts. Because of this belief, GEM MA has part-time and full-time programs. We do not use contracts and our tuition price can’t be beat.  

Sensei Gail earned her fifth-degree black belt in 2016 and holds the rank of Renshi (teacher of teachers).

About the owner

“I take great pride in teaching, and love seeing students learn and grow; as both karateka and humans.”

Sensei Gail started her karate training in 1997, when her son, Zachary, won a few lessons at a karate demonstration. After many hours of training, she earned her first-degree black belt and spent the next eleven years managing and teaching at a large dojo in the area. In 2011, she decided it was time for a break and left her home dojo.

That summer, a friend, who owned a local dojo, contacted Sensei Gail asking if she might be interested in teaching his children’s classes. After much thought and consideration, she agreed, and started that fall. A few months later, in December, she was teaching all the classes, and GEM Martial Arts came to be.

It is Sensei’s belief that everyone should have the opportunity to train in and reap the benefits of the Martial Arts. Because of this belief, GEM MA has part-time and full-time programs. We do not use contracts and our tuition price can’t be beat.  

Sensei Gail earned her fifth-degree black belt in 2016 and holds the rank of Renshi (teacher of teachers).

Meet the Senseis

Renshi Zach Dries of GEM Martial Arts

head instructor

Sensei Zach started karate in 1997 under Sensei Charlie Michels. He trained on and off for about 3 years, and then full time until receiving his First Degree Black Belt in 2007. Throughout the many years of training Sensei Zach has also won Grand Champion in Kata, Kobudo, and Kumite in multiple OIKKA tournaments. Currently, he is a 5th Degree Black Belt, and Head Instructor at GEM Martial Arts. Sensei Zach is an exciting, and passionate teacher, who is full of knowledge, and relates to the kids really well. His dedication to the art, and his students, is inspiring!  

Sensei Morgan Wright of GEM Martial Arts

Sensei Morgan Wright

assistant instructor

Sensei Morgan, has been doing martial arts for almost 11 years and teaching for about 7. He is currently a full time student at SUNY Geneseo as a biology major. His athletic abilities and great imagination allow him to be able to come up with creative class activities and warmups.

Sensei Morgan Wright ~ GEM Martial Arts

Sensei Drew Miller

assistant instructor

Drew, 16, has been training at GEM Martial Arts for 6 years. At GEM he works with kids teaching new skills and helping to work on techniques they have already learned. A quote his dad has always told him is “do your best and forget the rest”. He likes to apply this into everyday life and karate. This is something that he chooses to instill while teaching each one of my students.

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What Our Students And Parents say

  • Gail focuses on TEACHING the kids vs just getting through the class. She adjusts her teaching to fit each student. She focuses on them and what their goals are as individuals. She teaches confidence to students who may have trouble breaking out of their shell. She makes sure each student learns the correct way to do each move vs the “close enough” attitude. Ryan looks forward to going to karate every day he has class. He gets excited to learn new things and continues to practice when he comes home. We’ve had a hard time finding something  he likes.

    GEM is more than just a class I take my son too, it’s a family that cares.

    Victoria

  • I have been attending GEM Martial Arts for about two months now, after transferring from another dojo. I have known Sensei Gail and Sensei Zach for almost 20 years from another previous dojo. Searching for the best fit dojo, I landed at GEM and was welcomed with open arms. Their passion for karate is unlike that of any other dojo I have attended. They truly care about their students inside and outside of the dojo setting. Sensei Gail and Sensei Zach’s students are the best around because the fun, disciplined atmosphere keeps students engaged, working hard and their knowledge of Isshin Ryu is another level. Personally, they have improved not only my karate, but my self esteem as well. I feel my best being apart of such an amazing dojo and will be continuing on with GEM for years to come!

    Laura

  • My son Gabriel and I joined Gem Martial Arts March 2016. It is a great atmosphere for a karate dojo and a happy family environment for kids and parents to train, everyone it’s close like a tight knit family. There’s no pressure, no contracts and lots of fun activities & tournaments, fundraisers and fun things to do. It is very professional and in my opinion the best karate school. You get promoted when you earn it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I absolutely recommend the school to anyone who wants to learn real Martial Arts and have fun in the process.

    Ezio

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